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The Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) recently released their latest report, highlighting several key issues for Government to address in order to support the growth and scale-up of the UK’s early-stage tech and digital companies.
Drawing on the insights of founders, investors and policy experts across the UK, Coadec delivered headline recommendations, which pertained to four key areas: investment, trade, skills and talent.
Coadec is calling for more software development apprenticeships, changes to the tax and regulatory environment in which investors operate and a decision from the European Commission relating to startups’ access to EU data.
You can access the full report HERE
Shareholder Sentiment Index 2017: Shareholders Frustrated by Lack of Equity Liquidity
Asset Match has launched the Shareholder Sentiment Index 2017 to delve further into the constructs of Britain’s share-holding population, analysing the sentiments, challenges and desires that define the profile of what is an integral community of SME investors. The nationally representative survey of 2,000 adults dissects investor interest in relation to the nation’s private sector capabilities, revealing the challenges faced by investors looking to buy and sell shares in private companies. The research also delves into post-Brexit sentiment towards growth finance and the general appetite for small to mid-cap shares in the current economic climate.
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Lark research reveals that cyber risks tops the list of concerns for UK wealth management firms
Lark recently carried out a survey of UK wealth management firms that collectively manage £130 billion of assets, representing almost a fifth of the industry, the senior decision makers interviewed believe that data breaches by cyber hackers are the most damaging threat facing the industry.
With the main concerns being about cyber crime, regulation and relationships with insurance brokers, it is unsurprising that the findings in this report can easily be extrapolated and applied to a wide variety of financial institutions.
No region immune to venture capital market downswing
Following 2015’s peak funding levels, 2016 was a challenging year for venture capital (VC) investment across the globe, with decreases in both the number of deals and the total value of VC investment, according to Venture Pulse Q4 2016, a quarterly report on global VC trends published by KPMG Enterprise. Worldwide venture capital activity declined by 24 percent year over year, though total global venture capital investment remained substantial at USD$127.4 billion.*
The Enterprise Index, a quarterly barometer of owner managers and entrepreneurs, found that confidence in the UK economy grew five points from the previous quarter, with 50% of respondents expecting the economy to improve in the next 12 months. Optimism in their own business prospects was also high, with three quarters (76%) optimistic about the year ahead.
A strong Q4 for equity crowdfunding and P2P lending kept both sectors growing in 2016 according to the latest data from the OFF3R Index. Equity crowdfunding grew by a steady 9% whilst the total amount via P2P lending grew by 38%.
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The UK is currently on track to become a ‘scaleup nation,’ according to the 2016 ScaleUp Review conducted by the ScaleUp Institute. The 2016 survey of ScaleUp CEOs, published in December 2016, reflects that more than four out of five (83%) scaleup leaders expect their growth to continue despite the uncertainties created by Brexit. It also found two out of three survey respondents are already exporters; Europe and North America remain the core markets of focus for those seeking international expansion, followed by Asia.
The scale of transformation throughout the technology sector in the past decade is unprecedented. To think that Facebook became the fifth largest company in the world earlier this year, having been launched little over twelve years ago, gives a sense of the pace of innovation and growth that the industry has set.
GP Bullhound’s Technology Predictions, now in its tenth year, has sought to bring order to this rapidly shifting landscape.
This year’s research examines the now, near and next of the global technology sector, mapping the trends and innovations destined to drive growth for months and years to come. The research is compiled through analysis of global investment data alongside the expert insights of GP Bullhound’s worldwide team, leading investors, and entrepreneurs.
Following the UKBAA ANgel Investment Summit, This Report presents highlights from the event, where 40 thought leaders and over 200 delegates gathered to discuss the early-stage investment ecosystem and how to progress at a time of such uncertainty.
Read the report here.
Beauhurst's The Deal for Q3 2016 analyses all equity investment in UK startups and high-growth companies between 1 July - 30 September 2016.
It examines the size and frequency of deals around the UK, the stage of evolution, sector and location of companies that are being backed, and the nature of the funders that are backing them - from crowdfunding, to venture capital, private equity and more.
SyndicateRoom launched Rise of the Growth Hunters to support UK investors who are looking for faster growth in 2017.
Investor returns have been dwindling for years in the popular asset classes, with recent global events like Brexit and Trump adding more volatility to the markets. The low-yield investor environment we’re experiencing is the new normal.
And people are being seriously affected by it.
Rise of the growth hunters provides a comprehensive body of evidence for the long-term returns and significant growth potential of early-stage investing.
Most importantly, it’s a call to the whole industry – investors, advisors, bankers, entrepreneurs, platforms, commentators, regulators and the government – to tear down these barriers. With investor demand at record highs, now is the time to work together to keep building a more accessible and transparent asset class.
Silverfleet Capital has analysed the trends in Buy & Build activity within the European private equity market since 2003.
Based on data from respected research company mergermarket, this report on the first half of 2016 analyses global add-on activity undertaken by European headquartered companies backed by private equity in the six months ending 30th June 2016.
The report, published to mark the British Business Bank’s two-year anniversary, draws on the Bank’s own research together with other publicly-available data. It highlights the significant opportunities for ambitious, high-growth businesses in the North of England ahead of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)’s formal launch in early 2017.
Invest Europe's Pension Fund Guide to Private Equity and Venture Capital
At a time when many investors are seeking to increase their allocations to private equity and venture capital, Invest Europe has published a new guide for pension funds on investing in the asset class.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of small businesses with over five employees plan to grow dramatically or moderately over the next two years, according to a new report1 launched by Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK. Only 5% think they will shrink or wind down.
With the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) commencing its post-implementation review of the crowdfunding market, including both peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and equity-based crowdfunding, the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association (P2PFA) asked Oxera to conduct an independent economic assessment of P2P lending.
The Smith & Williamson Entreprise Index Q3 2016
The latest Smith & Williamson Enterprise Index found that 73% of business owners were confident in their own prospects for the next 12 months, a surge of 20 points on the previous quarter. While economic confidence has recovered, SMEs faith in the government’s commitment to supporting private enterprise fell five points to 54 per cent, the lowest since 2014.
The latest Tech Track 100, announced in the Sunday Times in September, revealed that over 37 of the top 100 tech companies in the UK had received VC or Angel backing.
BDRC Continental's SME Finance Monitor surveys 4,500 businesses every quarter about past borrowing events and future borrowing intentions.
It is the largest such survey in the UK.
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InterTradeIreland has published a unique all island report into the Business Angel investor market. According to the report, “Funding for growth: The Business Angels Market on the Island of Ireland”, Business Angel investment on the island is estimated to be worth between €70 million and €120 million annually.
Private equity and venture capital investment in Central and Eastern Europe last year hit its highest amount since 2009, according to new data from Invest Europe.
The total investment amount increased 25% year-on-year to €1.6 billion, with the number of companies backed matching 2014’s record level. The figures are taken from Invest Europe’s Central and Eastern European Private Equity Statistics 2015 report.
The latest edition of The Deal, published by Beauhurst, provides an in-depth analysis of equity investment into the UK's high-growth businesses for the period from January to June 2016.
Deal numbers in H1 2016 have fallen over 20% compared to H2 2015, with the EU referendum and its impact on investor confidence looking like it has had a significant effect in the second quarter of this year.
The number of deals completed on crowdfunding platforms has fallen for the first time on record. Deal numbers are down 17% against H2 2015.
Although fewer individual investments are being made, the average deal size is growing. Deals over £10m were the only investment bracket to increase in frequency, whilst investments under £250k declined by almost a third.
The second quarter of 2016 saw venture capital funding activity rise slightly following 2 quarters of declines, while del activity fell for the fourth consecutive quarter. Large rounds by companies like Uber, Snapchat and Didi Chuxing helped buoy investment despite the ongoing decline in the number of deals
While the Brexit referendum in the UK caused many investors to hold back from making significant investments, over the quarter, specifically in the UK, the upcoming presidential election, the potential increase in US interest rates and a economic slowdown in China also added to investor caution.
The most recent report from GP Bullhound European Unicorns 2016 Survival of the Fittest shows the continuing trend of how the UK is leading the way in AI, open data, block chain and tech enabled verticals from bio, to health, to education to fin and reg tech.
The report also notes that Europe’s tech Unicorns are starting to outperform their American counterparts, particularly in terms of revenue generation.
“When you look at businesses in the $1bn to $3bn range, what we lack in quantity we more than make up for in terms of quality,” says GP Bullhound’s Manish Madhvani, who believes that “the ecosystem exists for one of our Unicorns to push forward and reach a $10bn or $100bn valuation in the next five years.”
EBAN's 2015 Statistics Compendium for Angel Investing Market show
The 2016 Go Beyond Investor Report updates and continues with data published in The 2015 Go Beyond Investor Report.
Introducing Angel Investing as an Asset Class for all Investors. It covers the performance of angel portfolios each of its members has built using the Go Beyond Investing approach. This current report covers data from 2008 through 2015.
This report analyzes the 1500 investment tickets made by Go Beyond Angels.
- 92% of our members have already invested, 80% of our members have a positive return and 77% have received cash back after two years.
- Both smaller and larger investors can make money with angel investing.
- A portfolio approach to angel investing strongly enhances the likelihood of positive returns.
- Keeping funds for follow-on rounds is critical because they can boost portfolio returns
- Angel investing can be cross-border and scalable.
Invest Europe’s 2015 European Private Equity Activity report is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of private equity fundraising, investment and divestment data for the European industry. The trade association’s report provides verified data gathered directly from more than 1,200 European private equity firms, covering 91% of the €564 billion in capital under management in Europe.
ICAEW and the British Business Bank (BBB) have teamed up with more than 20 other business organisations to help SMEs find the best options for financing growth
The Business Finance Guide - A Jouorney from Start-up too Growth provides a comprehensive overview of the financing options available to growing businesses. Whatever the challenges faced, the right financing decisions are critical. For business owners and management, awareness of the choices available allows the business to make a well-informed financing decision.
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A new report looks at how a combination of SEIS and Intelligent Crowdfunding investments could have a positive impact on the UK economy and on investors' personal investment portfolios.
The Women's Business Council & Deloitte report seeks too answer the question 'How can we better develop and enhance female entrepreneurs in the UK?'
Research shows 58% increase in equity investment in 2015 and £3.5 billion investment into UJK Smaller Businesses.
In this issue of Enterprise, Smith & Williamson considers many of the important strategic and people issues that are so fundamental to business success, including an exclusive interview with Leicester City FC manager Claudio Ranieri.
The most comprehensive and authoritative source of private equity fundraising, investment and divestment data for the European industry
Syndicate Room has launched a consumer research report showing that more than half of those surveyed recognise their net wealth would increase if they invested in equities.
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The latest figures demonstrate that EIS is a vital part of the company funding cycle.
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